29 May 2014
Teenage Athlete Nutrition
In todays’ world, the cheapest food you can buy is the one that is worst for your body. Nutrition is the key for your guidance and success in high school sports. Not only are you competing, you’re growing. “During your teen years, girls sprout an average 10 inches and gain 53 pounds, while boys averagely grow 11 inches and gain 70 pounds during their teen years” (Jensen). This is why kids now a days’ need to layoff of the fatty foods that are being thrown into their faces. Today, teenage athletes mainly focus on eating fatty because they believe they can eventually work it off, but they also don’t know it can have an effect on them in the future. Teens need a healthy diet; now and in the future.
On another topic, a healthy nutrition for a teenage athlete can sometimes be hard to do, considering that they have been eating fatty foods and not even ...view middle of the document...
If not possible, invite friends over to help create healthy tacos, quesadillas or pizza (Onanian). Therefore, teens have a great amount of choices to stay in shape for athletic events.
In todays’ world, there are many unhealthy eating options for us teenage athletes. Fatty foods and sugary drinks can be the worst thing possible for a teenage athlete. Everyone believes that Gatorade is the way to go for a teenage athlete, but perhaps it could be one of the worst things. “Take a hard look at what you eat and drink. Teens can and tend to drink half their calories with juice, Gatorade, sodas, which lead to be high in sugars” (Onanian). It is mostly in convenience stores, coffee shops, and vending machines. Surprise! A 16floz energy drink and a bag of chips will not make the cut, and they won’t help you make the cut either. An occasional treat is fine but should not be the mainstay of your diet plan (Jensen). Another thing that is bad for a teen athlete is not having a good breakfast in the morning. That could be the missing spark that you will desperately be begging for when an athletic event is coming up. ” Most teenagers who didn’t eat a good breakfast, were more likely to become obese and have elevated blood sugar” (Cohen). Most people tend to have many syndromes as they get older mostly because they would never have breakfast. Unhealthy foods are really bad for your food and can harm you now and later in life.
I personally happen to be a bad eater, even though I am all about being an athlete. I have really considered eating healthy because of these researches I have recently seen. Eating can be harmful to you now and for the future. That is why you should strongly consider making a healthy eating life style. I have learned being a teenage athlete involves you to be a healthy which involves you to eat good nutrition.
Cohen, Ronnie. "Teens' poor breakfast choices predict later health problems." www.reuters.com. (2014): n. page. Web. 28 May. 2014. .
Jensen, Christopher. "Eat to Compete in High School." www.powerbar.com. n. page. Web. 28 May. 2014. .
Onanhian, Kelly. "Nutrition is critical during teen years." southcoasttoday.com. (2009): n. page. Web. 28 May. 2014. .